The one time Jones has legitimately been in trouble (outside of his dislocated toe) came against Vitor Belfort when “The Phenom” locked up an Armbar and forced Jones to grit his way through a minor injury to escape the hold. Fabricio Werdum’s BJJ, especially from the bottom, would provide an even greater threat to the limbs of the lanky Jones. Werdum also doesn’t mind striking or fighting in the clinch, meaning he’d be prepared to stand as well. All in all, the bout would likely prove to be an evenly matched affair and an impressive chip in Jones’ pocket if successful against a seasoned vet like “Vai Cavalo”.
If UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones gets by Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 with the same ease in which he’s dismantled past challengers the 26-year old will be in the unique position of only having a contender or two left to face before having arguably cleaned out the division. If that day comes, Jones will need to consider other options including a potential dip of his toes in the heavyweight division’s pool or other opponents not normally associated with light heavyweight. So who might “Bones” end up battling in 2014 and beyond if he continues on his current career path? (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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